The week of November 23, 2013

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Google Fiber may be making the digital divide worse

By Aaron Sankin

Everyone wants to be the next Google. When it comes to high-speed Internet, that may not be the best idea.

Quote of the week

“The idea we’re all making the world a better place—it’s so idealistic. It might be better if they were honest and say, ‘We just want to be rich.’”

—Dan Lyons

Features

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The hidden cost of the on-demand economy

By Beejoli Shah

Apps like Postmates and TaskRabbit are making chores a thing of the past, but their convenience comes at a price.

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Lifestyles of the rich and hated

By Taylor Hatmaker

Breaking down the real-estate wars in San Francisco.

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Commuting in the era of the dot-com bubble

By Allen Weiner

Think it’s hard on the road now? Imagine commuting without smartphones and satellite radio.

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Where are they now? Failed startup edition

By Molly McHugh

Four lessons from “next big things” in tech that never made it.

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Who said it: ‘Silicon Valley’ character or real-life tech guru?

By Kate Knibbs

Mike Judge’s hit HBO series is hard to distinguish from what it satirizes.

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Me IRL: Dan Lyons

By Selena Larson

The new editor of Valleywag sounds off on Steve Jobs and hypocrisy of Silicon Valley.

Opinion

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The tech industry is in a bubble—but not the one you’re thinking of

By Micah Singleton

It’s time to stop talking about tech’s diversity problem.

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Everything you need to know about Silicon Valley’s diversity problem in 3 charts

By Aaron Sankin

It’s even worse than you think.

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Is it already too late to save Oakland?

By Susie Cagle

Oakland is gentrifying rapidly, and the results have been devastating.

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Don’t let Google take the wheel

By Zan McQuade

Here’s why you should be afraid of driverless cars.